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Aspergillus fumigatus PCR test for birds

avian & livestock assay data sheet

Aspergillus fumigatus

Test code:
F0001 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of Aspergillus fumigatus fungus by real time polymerase chain reaction

F0001 is included in the poultry respiratory panel

 

The genus Aspergillus includes several related fungi which cause aspergillosis. One that is common in the environment is Aspergillus fumigatus. This fungus produces airborne spores which can spread to a wide area, especially during dry windy weather. Spores can enter and develop in the respiratory system, lungs, eyes, and ears. “Sick Building Syndrome” is a condition caused by continuous fungal growth in areas of buildings and ventilation systems. Growth leads to the release of more spores. This can potentially lead to large scale respiratory infections and distress associated with aspergillosis.

Symptoms of aspergillosis are caused by endotoxins produced by the fungus. Aspergillosis can be fatal, especially in immunodeficient individuals. Aspergillus infection is common among domesticated and caged birds.

Animals such as birds, horses and other livestock can be infected with this fungus by inhalation of spores from contaminated feed, fecal material, and soil. Healthy unstressed birds and animals are generally resistant to even high levels of spores. However, young and old individuals, those on antibiotics, and those whose immune systems are suppressed by surgery, reproduction, environmental changes, capture, or shipping may become infected. Human patients with AIDS, cancer or other immunosuppressive diseases are often victims of this fungal infection.

Since many birds and animals have had prior exposure to this fungus, serological testing is not useful or reliable. Culture identification is labor intensive and cultures are frequently contaminated with other fungi. Molecular detection by PCR can provide quick, sensitive and specific detection of the fungus in a variety of specimen types (Buess et al., 2012).

Utilities:

  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Shorten the time required to confirm a clinical diagnosis of Aspergillus fumigatus infection.
  • Help ensure that flocks and herds are free of this fungus
  • Early prevention of spread of this fungus
  • Minimize personnel exposure to this fungus
  • Safety monitoring of biological products and vaccines that derive from susceptible species

References:
Buess, M., Cathomas, G., Halter, J., Junker, L., Grendelmeier, P., Tamm, M. and Stolz, D. (2012) Aspergillus-PCR in bronchoalveolar lavage for detection of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in immunocompromised patients. BMC Infectious Diseases 12: 237-244.

Specimen requirements: Throat or respiratory swab, or 0.2 ml water, or fungal culture, or 0.2 ml fresh, frozen or fixed tissue, or environmental surface swab, or cloacal swab.

For specimen types other than those listed here, please call to confirm specimen acceptability and shipping instructions.

For all specimen types, if there will be a delay in shipping, or during very warm weather, refrigerate specimens until shipped and ship with a cold pack unless more stringent shipping requirements are specified. Frozen specimens should be shipped so as to remain frozen in transit. See shipping instructions for more information.

Turnaround time: 2 business days

Methodology: Qualitative real time PCR

Normal range: Nondetected

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